Print pool report #4 - economic pool spray

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Sent: Friday, January 29, 2021 11:41 AM
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Subject:  Print pool report #4 - economic pool spray

Pool was ushered into the Oval office at 11:21 a.m.

POTUS and VPOTUS were sitting on each side of the fireplace in the Oval Office – Treasury Sec. Janet Yellen and Jared Bernstein, chief economist and economic policy adviser, was on the couch to his left. Brian Deese, director of the National Economic Council was sitting on the couch to VPOTUS’ right.

POTUS talked first, underscoring “the unique cost of inaction” in not quickly passing a COVID relief bill.
“You have to act now – there is no time to delay.”
“The risk is not doing too much. The risk is not doing enough.”
He mentioned the problems that children face not going to school and how parents are missing out on job growth and opportunity by being forced to stay home to care for their children during the pandemic.

Then Yellen spoke: She highlighted the benefits of “acting now and acting big.”
She also agreed with Biden about the risk not being about doing too much.

Pool was ushered out at roughly 11:28.

Biden did not respond to shouted question about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the whether they discussed Gamestop.

More quotes and details to follow.

Susan Crabtree
White House & National
Political Correspondent

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